GOOD reports that the USDA just doled out $180,000 to a nonprofit that is trying to smear the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. Though we’re sure you need no reminder, the Dirty Dozen are the 12 fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic to avoid the worst pesticide residue.
The anti-organic group, the Alliance for Food and Farming, has launched SafeFruitsAndVeggies.com as their main weapon against the Dirty Dozen. They’re claiming that the EWG’s list discourages consumption of fruits and vegetables, even though the introduction to the Dirty Dozen guide advises consumers that eating conventional produce is better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. SafeFruitsAndVeggies.com is also saying that there is no data to back up the science behind the Dirty Dozen, when the EWG used USDA data to compile the list. So, the USDA is literally funding groups that are attacking its own data. Very smooth.
While we try to stick to mostly organic produce, we’re not going to turn up our noises at a meal made with non-organic Dirty Dozen vegetables every now and then. We know that some people are that hardcore, though. Do you ever eat conventional vegetables or fruit that are on the Dirty Dozen list?